Office of International Programs

Brown in Granada/CASA: Intensive Language Program

At a Glance

City: Granada
Partner: University of Granada Modern Language Center
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families, independent housing in local apartments, student residence
Language requirement: No previous language study required. This program is best-suited for students at beginner to low-intermediate levels of Spanish.
Calendar: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year 
Accepts Non-Brown students: Space-available basis


Beginning with the Fall 2016 academic term, the Brown in Granada program will transition to the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Program (CASA Spain) in Granada. CASA is a non-profit consortium of ten leading research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs in collaboration with leading world universities. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. The administering institution for the CASA Spain program in Granada is Brown University.

CASA Spain in Granada offers different programs in order to accommodate students with varying levels of Spanish language proficiency. 


Intensive Spanish Language Studies (CILE)

The CILE track is exclusively language focused. It is designed to immerse students fully in the Spanish language and is ideal for students who have completed one or two semesters of college-level Spanish or less (HISP 0200 or less for Brown students). The program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Small classes (maximum of 12-15 students), are taught by expert Spanish language instructors who utilize a highly communicative and dynamic approach in the classroom.  Students are in class four hours per day, five days per week. Courses generally consist of two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. A student can expect to progress through approximately three language levels (maximum of four in some cases) over the course of the semester.  A student’s class schedule may vary each month according to the time their level is offered (morning session or afternoon session). 

Student performance is carefully monitored throughout the semester-length program and placement levels adjusted accordingly. Students in the CILE track must successfully pass each monthly class in order to receive credit for the semester (contingent on the express approval of the student’s home institution).  Attendance, class participation, assignments and exam grades are all taken into serious consideration when determining a final grade for the class. 

A general course description can be viewed here.

Placement Process

Upon arrival, students take a language placement test administered by the Center for Modern Languages and are subsequently placed in the appropriate level of instruction – i.e., either the Level I Intensive Language Studies Track (CILE) or the Level II Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) or Spanish Language and Culture Track (CLCE). Level II students must place into the appropriate level. To enter into the Hispanic Studies Track, students must have surpassed level B2.1 Spanish (CLM 6 Advanced); to enter into the Spanish Language and Culture Track, students must have surpassed level B1.1 (CLM 4 Intermediate).

Hands-On Experience 

Students have the opportunity to request an unpaid, non-credit bearing internship for the duration of the semester. If you have a very serious interest in engaging in a hands-on experience in an area related to your academic studies, you will be asked to communicate your interests to the CASA on-site staff after you have been accepted into the program. The staff will submit your interests on your behalf to the University of Granada (or to another local institution according to your interests). STEM students will have the exciting opportunity to apply for research assistantships, regardless of their Spanish language proficiency. See STEM Research Assistantships in Granada.

Placements to match each request cannot be guaranteed. Students should understand that if an internship is secured there is an expectation of a serious commitment on the student's part and the student must participate reliably and responsibly throughout the program.

Host Institution

The University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V, is one of the oldest in Europe. Its Islamic roots go back to the original Palacio de la Madraza, founded in 1349 by Sultan Yusuf I. For almost 500 years, the University has been a clear exponent of historical, intellectual and cultural tradition and a important center of education among Europe’s universities. Today, it is a comprehensive university with stunning architecture that spans from the 16th century to the present. With seven campuses, over 60,000 students, and vast range of courses offered, the University of Granada is one of the largest universities in Spain.  

The University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) offers both local and international students a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment where world perspectives and traditions are exchanged on a daily basis.  Students from 35 different countries around the world come yearly to the CLM to study Spanish language and culture, while Spanish students are studying other modern languages in the classrooms right next door. 

Recognized by the Cervantes Institute for excellence in the delivery of a broad array of language programs, the CLM is a pioneer in Spanish language instruction for international students, with origins that date to the delivery of its first program nearly 50 years ago. 

The CLM is fully equipped with a specialized languages and linguistics library and the most up-to-date audio-visual aids in both classrooms and language laboratories that are set up for multimedia and audio-video activities.  The two CLM buildings are located in the historic Realejo neighborhood in close proximity to the newly renovated UGR School of Architecture.   The main building is found in the old Palace of Santa Cruz (16th C.), the restoration of which for educational purposes was completed in 1992. The second building is the old Hotel Kenia, adapted for teaching purposes in 2005. 

Program Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.  Please refer to the 2016/17 program calendar (Intensive Language) for more specific information about program dates.

Fall: Late August – Late December

Spring: Late January – Late May 


Students will have the opportunity to be placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program or may choose to secure their own housing in local apartments with other university students. Limited spaces are also available at a private student residence. Please refer to Housing in Granada for more detailed information about housing options.

On-Site Support

CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Granada.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Brown in Granada program is open to undergraduate students from Brown and CASA member schools, as well as visiting students from non-CASA member institutions on a space-available basis.

Students must be in good academic standing and have completed the appropriate level of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, as explained above, before beginning studies in Spain.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the left side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.

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